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Calm Your Mind: Exercises to Reduce Stress, Improve Focus, and Control Anxiety, Anger, and Depression [Kindle Edition]

Wes Burgess
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In this hectic world, everyone needs a strategy to relax, in order to combat stress, feel calm, and do his or her best. Calm Your Mind explains 11 stress-reduction exercises to help you relax your mind and body; regain your focus; stop anxious, worried thoughts; control anger; reduce negative, depressive thoughts; extinguish obsessions; and reduce self-criticism. Just a few minutes with Calm Your Mind is like a mini-vacation that leaves you relaxed and rejuvenated.

Calm Your Mind teaches you deep breathing, muscle relaxation, concentration exercises with 20 original color digital paintings, meditation on 20 verses, thought-stopping, autonomic nervous system control, and behavioral relaxation techniques. Full instructions accompany each exercise as well as explanations of their psychological and medical mechanisms.

Use these exercises to relax your mind before starting your day and before bedtime to help you relax and fall asleep. Employ them before stressful meetings to regain your calm, between clients and patients to regain your focus, and to teach family members and friends to relax.

These relaxation exercises have been proven on a daily basis in my medical practice. I recommend them to my patients and to my professional colleagues and I use them myself. You will be a better person when you are calm, relaxed, and satisfied with yourself. Let’s get started now!


Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. lectures throughout the world on health, science, psychology, and meditation. He has taught in the Stanford University Departments of Psychiatry and Biology, the UCLA School of Medicine, and the University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology. He has made numerous appearances on National Public Radio’s Morning Addition and All Things Considered, as well as on Fox Television Network and other media venues. He is the author of Mental Status Examination, Mental Status Examination for Personality Disorders, The Bipolar Handbook, The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens and Families, The Depression Answer Book, The Gateless Gate of Zen, and The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tse.


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About the Author

Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. lectures throughout the world on health, science, psychology, and meditation. He has taught in the Stanford University Departments of Psychiatry and Biology, the UCLA School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology, and he has made numerous appearances on National Public Radio's Morning Addition and All Things Considered, Fox Television Network, and other media venues. He is the author of Mental Status Examination, Mental Status Examination for Personality Disorders, The Bipolar Handbook, The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens and Families, The Depression Answer Book, The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse, and The Gateless Gate of Zen.

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  • File Size: 8173 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Whippet Press (September 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M3MNW8
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4.0 out of 5 stars A kaleidoscope of techniques December 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
To really benefit from this book, do what I did: skip the commentary, and go straight to the pretty pictures. Each illustration is a gorgeous kaleidoscope created from (apparently) photographs of flowers, and each is accompanied by a short, poetic, 3-line contemplation. One could sit for hours, enjoying the gentle inspiration of these few lines, and the complex color patterns. The rest of the book delivers exactly what it promises: 11 specific exercises, clearly, thoroughly, described--not too long, but long enough, undoubtedly representing the distilled experience of the author's many years in clinical practice. At the end of his bio, the author also gives us a clue as to what HE himself does to reduce stress, improve focus, and control anxiety, anger and depression: namely, walking on the beach and flying kites. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, As advertised May 30, 2014
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I enjoyed this book because it was easy to read it quickly and start experiencing results right away. The pictures made it user-friendly, and my daughter and I enjoy analyzing the pictures and poems together.
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Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. trained at Stanford University and completed fellowships at Stanford University and UCLA Medical Schools. He has taught in the undergraduate and doctoral programs on the faculties of Stanford Medical School, UCLA Medical School, the University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology, and others. To learn more, search "Wes Burgess" on Wikipedia or see his Facebook page.

Dr. Burgess' books for doctors, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses help clinicians understand their patients so they can give them the best treatment. His books on bipolar disorder and major depression help patients stay well and happy--they are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Dr. Burgess' books on stress reduction and clearing the mind help everyone escape the pressure of modern life and tap into their highest potential.

Dr. Burgess received the Purdue University Literary Award, the Meade Johnson Award for Excellence in Writing, and the Southern California Psychiatric Association Appreciation Award for his writing. Dr. Burgess has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio, television, and feature films.

Wes was born to engineer and artist parents and he received training in art and music as a young child. He works to help animals around the world through activism in nature preservation and behavioral ecology research. Wes spends his free time snorkeling and enjoying the unspoiled wildlife of the oceans. His book on snorkeling explains his ecological beliefs and helps others enjoy this exciting low-impact sport. Wes feels fortunate to live where life is warm and dogs, children, and gardens flourish.




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